Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Good Enough To Eat

very dry, damaged hair and scalp



Rene Furterer's exclusive Hair       Products, made from plant extracts, and essential oils were the rage in the 50's. The Jet-Set flocked to his salon, with bleach blonde, over-dyed, brittle falling out hair, alla Marilyn. Fifty Years later, Rene Furterer remain maestros of hair care. Celebrities, models and hair stylists rely on the ultra rich, nourishing brand for supple, healthy hair. Hair takes a beating on fashion shoots, runways and the red carpet. From hot irons, to rollers to blow dryers day after day, Karite Intense Nourishing Mask with enriched Shea, crucial vitamins and essential fatty acids is just what the Dr. ordered. First Class, style. Massage into wet, towel dried hair, comb through and leave on for 2 to 5 minutes. Twice a week. Voila, luxurious, shiny Bond girl (and guy) tresses. I know male models with to die for hair, who apply it directly to dry hair and leave in. Tres chicI love the smell and texture of Karite. So yummy, it's almost good enough to eat.

Bleach Blond Bombshells

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Friday, December 23, 2011

A Simple Christmas Wish

I have never considered myself pretty, even though I 'modeled' for twenty years. Please don't think me shallow, I have been told countless times otherwise. Looks never mattered. I knew I was tall, photogenic and blessed way more than most in the physical. As far back I can remember, I have been on a spiritual quest, searching, delving, searching, and praying for answers. Why must greed, ego and wealth be divided so? I lived the life of duality, both privileged and poor. There comes a time when one must face the demons, stand up to the ugly, politicos, the machine. I don't buy it, the rhetoric, the lies. I won't buy it, not when children die from starvation, lacking safe haven. There are six homes for sale on my block. It's a small block, in a minuscule, nowhere town. Two more abandoned homes rot, left in shame in the night. The rich grow deep pockets, as the people's leak holes. Forced to take a long, hard look at this face, mind, soul, and body, I struggle to make sense of what is happening. Out there, the world spirals out of control. Technology has made it too easy to stay connected, isolated at home. Reality news travels in nano seconds, reaching I Phones, Blackberry's, Androids, and millions of devices at the blink of an eye. 
When I left home for Milan, a simple, naive girl with huge dreams and big cajones, there were pay phones and gettones. Life was easy then. People left their homes open, welcoming company and the doors were unlocked.
My wish for all this Holiday season, is less worry, less fret about who you think you should be, or how you need to look. Remember, you are the glorious, unique, precious child, the forever innocent soul seeking love and redemption. Along with running around buying gifts, that will be the forgotten fad six months from now, do something else. 
Offer one small kindness in silence to someone who really needs it. Maybe an ear, a shoulder, a dollar or even a hand at the grocery store. It matters. Don't tell anyone, keep it to yourself and do it with an open heart. It will be your best kept secret, and you will be in tune with your prettiest, purest self.
Do not misunderstand, I love empowering women, helping them look and feel their best. I love makeup, beauty and all the frivolous, fun stuff. But, the child in me, the fearless warrior, the wanderer, the endless seeker, needs more. Knowing that I have helped someone, is better than any popcorn filling. Even the smallest, quietest, kindest thought counts.
I thank every single person who has stopped to read my work. The followers, Brands, friends, and co-workers who have encouraged, and supported along the journey. 
I wish you silly, joyous, Holiday moments filled with family, love, wealth in abundance, and not the monetary kind. To be surrounded by the ones you hold dear, and to feel the ones lost close. My secret Christmas wish for you is to remember the power and magic that is Christmas Eve through the eyes of a five year old. The tingling anticipation and wonder of being that child once again. Let yourself live the gorgeous, free- spirited memory. It's there you will rediscover your one, true self.
The missing piece of the puzzle, effortlessly becomes the innocent, grown up, happy version of you.

“The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.” 
 Deepak Chopra, The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

YouBeauty.com "How To Look Hot In Photos"

A big Thank You to YouBeauty.com and Carey Moss for the awesome "How To Look Hot in Photos" feature. So cool to see my quotes and MAKE UP FOREVER'S AQUA CREAM Shadows mentioned. Check it out it's the fun, smart site by Dr. Oz and Dr.Roizen.

How to Look Hot in Photos

Try these tips for looking your photo-friendly best when the paparazzi (aka family and friends) snap your picture.

How to Look Hot in Photos
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, which means that friends, family and coworkers will be whipping out their cameras and snapping hundreds of photos, including shots of you from every possible angle.
Considering we live in the age of oversharing on Facebook and Twitter, there’s no telling how many sets of eyes will land on that photo of you at the company holiday party or your bestie’s New Year’s Day champagne brunch.
Translation: You want to look your best at all times because that picture may live online in perpetuity!
Here are some expert tips that will keep you from untagging every photo you see this season:
Act natural—and move around. Granted, when you’ve got one pose that works beautifully in photos, you may be afraid to mix it up, but you’ve got to move around between shots or else risk looking like an escapee from Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
“Don’t force a facial expression just to minimize the dreaded double chin—or other facial feature you can’t stand in your photos,” says New York photographer Liz Ligon. “If you have the option to have more than one or two photos taken, try to switch it up in each one to increase the likelihood of looking really natural.”
Crack yourself up. There’s nothing more attractive and enticing than laughter, which is why Ligon recommends embracing laughter when someone is snapping your picture. “Laugh at the photographer if you have to,” she suggests. “You’ll automatically feel more comfortable in front of the camera.” Might we add that, you know, actually having fun at a party always leads to better photos?
Wear fitted, flattering clothes. The camera can add a pound or two so there’s no need for extra bulk in our outfit. Celebrity stylist and founder of A Clothes Call Ruth Sonnenshein suggests that you keep clothes on the fitted rather than billowy side.
Go nude. No, not in the photos. “Wear nude undergarments,” suggests Sonnenshein. “Those sneaky flashes can wreak havoc on a party pic.” Think about the times when you and your friends have mocked a celebrity on the red carpet in a dress that instantly became see-through the minute the paparazzi’s flash bulbs went off. Sure, you want to be remembered—but not in that way.
Brighten up. As tempting as that over-the-top smoky eye might be, makeup artist Jackie Cioffa recommends keeping makeup simple and bright. "I love using cream shadows in light colors like beige or gold applied to the lids to give eyes a pop. Then line close to the lash line with a kohl pencil for definition," she says. Cioffa prefers Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Shadows to do the trick.
Don't OD on powder. Sure, no one wants to look like an oil slick in photos, but heavy powder can look like a chalky mess once that flash goes off. Cioffa says to go easy on the powder, and go for a translucent formula over pigmented.
Do a final double-take. Take a last look at yourself before leaving the house and then remove one accessory, recommends Sonnenshein. “Too much is just that—it's a holiday party, not a costume party,” she says.
Now get out there and have some fun…because we’ll all be looking at your pictures online soon.
Copyright:  YouBeauty.com

"Beauty and health are inextricably linked. Who you are on the inside shines through on the outside.

Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen created YouBeauty.com in July 2011 as the first website to explore the link between beauty and health in a fun, factual way. YouBeauty arms visitors with scientifically-proven quizzes and tools that measure and improve everything affecting their beauty—from skin and hair, to stress, sleep and self-esteem. Our quizzes act as a filter to deliver pertinent, personalized action steps, articles, discussions and research straight to the reader, taking them on a journey to become their most beautiful self.
The You Docs, along with the best experts in science, beauty and fitness, are replacing beauty myths with proven facts and quantitative measurements. YouBeauty is based on science, so we know we can help you reveal your authentic beauty—it’s proven!"

Monday, December 12, 2011

Express Yourself

I heart MAKE UP FOR EVER, but I yearn for Wild & Chic's Holiday Collection, Aqua Cream Premium Set. The long-wear cream shadows are waterproof, crease-proof and beautiful, metallic hues. The cream shadow applies effortlessly, with ten shimmer shades to choose from. You can match any skin tone. The pots range in color from bronze, gold, silver, warm beige to rich brown, metal green and luminous black. The rich pigments are super wearable and versatile. It may be the most sought after, exclusive HOLIDAY COLLECTION

The tigress patterned clutch is hipster chic and spot on for travel. It's virtually indestructible, you'll want to show it off to all your friends. I can't wait to use Aqua Cream on my next editorial. Keeping the skin bare, adding coats of Smoky Lash Mascara and Aqua Cream's ultra modern, glistening eye cream. You can lay it on thick, or sparingly depending on the desired look. The included Eye Shadow Brush #5N makes application a snap. 

Aqua Cream Premium Set screams, "buy me." It's the knockout hit of the season, the it gift for all those jaded, hard to shop for, fierce, fashionista friends. They will be filled with Glee when they open their very own Wild & Chic's Aqua Cream Premium Set this Holiday season.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beauty Brands Unite

Charity Auction
It's not too late to get in on the action, bid on awesome beauty products, and do something good. 100% of the winnings go directly to Doctors Without Borders. That is so pretty, so nice to see bloggers, fashionistas, and cosmetic brands coming together and giving back. I love it. Next year I want in.
The awesome, genius blogger, Karla Sugar is one of the bloggers spearheading the event. She's my beauty guru. 

Here are a few select favorite MVP brands participating in the auction. Some fabu product up for grabs:
Armani Beauty, MAKE UP FOREVER, LUCKY Magazine, MAC COSMETICS, Shu Uemura, Dior, Nars, Cle de Peau and countless other exclusive brands, blogs and mags. Please don't be upset if I've left all the amazing brands out. Sounds an Oscar speech :) Log onto BeautyBloggers.org for more info. There are over 70 Beauty Brands and collaborators in on the act! I have never known a woman who doesn't love makeup. Get bidding and keep on giving! It's feel-good fun. Tis' the season to give back.

Make Up For Ever Wild & Chic Aqua Cream Collection

Armani MadrePerla Compact

MAC Limited Edition McQueen Mineralize Compact

"BeautyBloggers.org is a collaboration of beauty bloggers and brands. In the spirit of the holidays, we wanted to make a meaningful contribution to charity — knowing that the most effective donation to any charity is cash.
So we’re putting our (new) makeup on the auction block. Winning bids will be donated directly to Doctors Without Borders. Bidders anywhere in the world are welcome, and shipping is “free.” That is, the full amount of your winning bid will go to charity — the bloggers have agreed to donate the cost of shipping, in addition to the items themselves.
We’re raising money for Doctors Without Borders because women are always disproportionately affected in any disaster. This organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis, regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. They treat rape victims in Papua New Guinea; they make sure women don’t die in childbirth in Pakistan; they helped flood victims in Mexico and earthquake victims in Haiti. They work in 65 countries around the world, and your donation will make an immediate impact. Click here to learn more about MSF.
We’ll be collecting payment through a secure page set up with Doctors Without Borders.
The 2011 auction begins at 8 am CST on Monday, November 28, and ends at 5 pm CST on Monday, December 12. "

                                           Courtesy of BeautyBloggers.org


Monday, November 28, 2011

Movin' On Up

-Leading Make Up Company Brings Distinctive Educational Experience to North America

Wow. This is beyond, exciting. MAKE UP FOR EVER is opening an Academy in January. MAKE UP FOREVER remains one of the dominant, most exclusive brands in the industry. An Academy in New York, is as cool as studying at La Sorbonne.

I love this brand, the bold pigments, whimsical false lashes, Body & Face Foundation, covers flaws and bronze celebs on the red carpet. The 12 Flash Color Case, the ultra-complete color palette. All the Pros carry Flash Color in their kits. The Aqua Cream shadows are delicious. I could go on & on.

MAKE UP FOREVER's Creator & Artistic Director Dany Sanz, sculptor & painter, transformed the industry. Known for her trailblazing body painting in the 70's, daring rainbow of color and master technique. She created MAKE UP FOREVER to share her expert knowledge with novice artists. She opened the first Academy in Paris in 2002, spreading the MAKE UP FOR EVER philosophy worldwide.

I remember going into the NYC store to pick out product for a benefit, featuring Cyndi Lauper, Sandra Bernhard & Natalie Merchant. I walked out with everything under the sun. A big fan of all three divas, I wanted to be ready. I was super prepared, waterproof liquid liner, check. Yellow eyeshadow, check. A prepped, well- trained artist is a confident one. Confidence is contagious.

I wish there had been a top notch MAKEUP FOR EVER Academy when I started. With pros teaching and guiding each application. As I fumbled my way into makeup, assisted, held "famous" artists' pencils, carried bags, mostly I watched. How they could  masterfully blend a kohl pencil on the eye, with a single brush stroke. Genius. I paid attention, began to develop my own style. It took many, many years, sweat and tears. School would've been way easier and faster.

The Academy will be led by the highly skilled artiste, Floriane David.  The curriculum is divided into three divisions. So cool. Heck, I might even sign up and hone my skills. You can be sure you'll learn lots of new techniques and innovative ideas. Plus, meet creative, fun interesting artists. With makeup, you are always discovering new products, applications, different techniques, new ways of thinking. It's endless, so follow your passion. Get painting.
MAKE UP FOREVER's Academy is guaranteed not to disappoint. 

Beauty- Fashion Levels 1 & 2
Television- Film Level 3
Stage- Artistic Level 4


"MAKE UP FOR EVER is currently recruiting for our first session, and are so excited to welcome our first students. Those interested can go to the following link for more information on the Academy history, program information, teaching staff, and to fill out an interest form (http://www.makeupforeverusa.com/mufe/academy/)  Learn more by emailing  academy@makeupforeverusa.com or calling (212)377-3960."



Friday, November 25, 2011

It's My Party and I'll Beautify If I Want To

Stila's two for one product combos can't be beat. Cherry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain is a lovely blushing, berry stain. It paints the lip a forbidden fruit, succulent, cherry red. With its twist up bottom, you control the right amount. On the lips, just turn, brush and go. To brighten the cheeks, apply directly to the apples and blend, adding more depth as you go. For a youthful, healthy glow, mix the stain with a bit of moisturizer to the back of the hand, voila circus brides and young maidens are back in Vogue. Oh yeah, Cherry Crush is made with Vitamins A, C and E for the ultimate experience in moisture. Antioxidants cherry and pomegranate extracts enrich the lip and skin. Good for you and looks great, too. Beauty editors will love it. I'm sold.

Convertible Color, Dual Lip and Cheek Cream in Lillium is a natural tint in the sheerest pink that comes in a cute, pint size compact. Another two for the price of one, wear it on the lips or apply with a foundation brush to the cheek for the slightest hint of blush. Winner of 'Best Cream Blush' by In Style Best Beauty Buys 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, it's no wonder Lillium is a win-win. 


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Glide On By

MAC Cosmetics has gone big and bold for Holiday. They have not one, two but more collections launching over the season. I can't wait to see what fabulous products MAC has in store for us. Inside and out, amazing. 

I received Glitter and Ice. It's a WHOPPING 34 piece collection filled with Paint Pots, Mineralize Eye Shadows, Powders, Lipsticks, Nails, Dazzleglasses, and Technakohl Eye Liners. The packaging is too cool, crisp silver and white. The line is modeled by skater extraordinaire, Johnny Weir. Sequins, spins, twirls, Glitter & Ice is mesmerizing makeup. It's Ice Capades all grown up. I don't even mind the cold, with all these dazzling shades and colors to play with.
Paint Pots are divine, not too creamy to slide, not too thick. For Effect is a shimmery black base, with multi-specks of gray & silver, it can be applied heavy on the eye for a gunmetal look or swept delicately for a beautiful wash of gray, a softer application. The texture allows you to create just the right look. 
Mineralize Eye Shadows in its white packaging and swirls of cool color, looks like the moon and frost by night. Shimmermint and Frozen Blue pigments look lovely applied delicately to the lid in a wash of pearly, subtle green and blue.
What Joy! Satin Lipstick is a deep burgundy. In it's sleek white case, it's the wicked shade for when you feel a little vampy and don't have a lot of time for a full face. Lipstick, Mascara and off you go. It reminds me of a shade The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo might wearThe Swedish version of course. :) A little mysterious, sexy cool, motorcycle lover, frozen on ice. 
Johnny Weir for Glitter and Ice

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hot Diggity

Winter blues got you down? Your skin looking a little worse for wear? 
No sun and beach time to help hide all the unsightly, imperfections on the face?  
The brown spots, inflammation and pigmentation defects become more noticeable. 
No worries, Erno Laszlo is here and has just the ticket. Or should I say magic potion? 
Luminous Intensive Cream is an amazing, whitening cream that calms and soothes the skin. 
It creates a clean, clear complexion. Your skin will get back its radiant, healthy glow. Who doesn't want gorgeous, supple, more youthful looking skin. Any makeup artist can tell you, a great makeup application starts with perfect, radiant, well-moisturized skin. Luminous Intensive Cream makes our job a whole lot easier. Foundations beware, a little concealer on the face is all that's necessary.
Packed with important ingredients like Elder Flower Extract, an anti-inflammatory, Vitamin E an antioxidant, Hyaluronic Acid to firm and tone, and Arbutin, a whitening agent. With all these yummy ingredients and more, it's the perfect recipe. 'Tis the season. Luminous Intensive Cream is exactly what the Dr. ordered, created for all skin types. I love it when I discover a new brand and face cream that delivers. I hope you will too. 


Friday, November 11, 2011

Bring On The Bling

myface.cosmetics is a fresh, hip brand out of the U.K., created by queen artiste Charlotte Tilbury and  famed makeup artists worldwide. Charlotte is known for painting celebrities, high glamour runway, and red carpet magic. myface.cosmetics is glamour made simple, exclusive for the everyday woman. The collection comes in three colour categories, fair, medium, and medium/dark. The website is sleek and effortless to navigate and the products are mix and match easy, and so very pretty. 

Blingbar is my favorite, it's beautifully bright and bold makeup. Available in metallic eye colors, they are the buzz in Hollywood. Lindsay Lohan, Victoria Beckham and Agyness Deyn are fans. The pigment and pearl eyeshadows go on sparkly smooth, and won't fall down the face. Blingtone lights up the eye with a sexy, wet look and a wash of smashing color. Lil' bling nail in haute chrome, is the perfect match to Blingtone shadow.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

All That Shines Bright

Eye Def
Gleaming, glorious, glitterati.
Hard Candy’s new Eye Def glitter eyeshadow is the perfect texture and amount of sheen. It’s extra long brush makes for breezy application. I like to apply it to the back of my hand first, then pat onto the lid. Eye Def dries super fast. I especially love, What Sandy Says Goes. A pretty champagne color with specks of gold. It's great for day or night, layering well with other colors. I like it alone or with falsies and a nude lip for day. Spice up the glittery eye with a dark lip for night. Eye Def is so pretty go ahead and play, you can't go wrong. 

World Balmination Glossy Tinted Lip Balm

Chapped, dry lips be gone. World Balmination glosses are here. They glide on smooth, leaving lips supple and moist, but not sticky. Made with Shea butter, coconut oil and mango, they are right on time for winter. The tinted gloss comes in eight shades and flavors. The balm is thick enough that the tube won't break while applying. The new graphic designs are super cute, hello loving the skull. Lovestruck is a pretty pink shade that leaves a slight hint of color on the lip. I'm addicted to First Frost. It's colorless, and great for prepping the lip, right before an application. Those nasty cracks and crevices disappear instantly.

Lash Tinsel 
Glitter mascara
Last but not least, top off  Eye Def with a swipe of Glitter mascara. Apply a volumizing black mascara first, as the glitter specks are fine and adhere better. Add a top coat of Lash Tinsel to the lash in purple, blue, pink, gold, or whatever tickles your fancy. It's shimmery fun for a night out or holiday party.